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Proactive cancer risk test

Know your risk and be empowered to take action.

Understand your genetic risk of developing certain cancers so you can make important health choices that are right for you.
$599 all inclusive
Includes the test, geneting counselling before and after the test, shipping, handling and everything else.
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Or from $40 a month

Do it all at home — free Australia-wide shipping & video calls for counselling.

Not sure if this is right for you? We include a free session with a genetic counsellor before your sample is processed. After your call, if you feel like the test is not right for you, we’ll refund you, no questions asked.

It's a saliva test. No blood, no needles.

Experienced practitioners giving actionable advice.

Online counselling with flexible hours to fit you.

It only takes 3-4 weeks all up, start to finish.

Let's start at the beginning...

What is cancer? What causes it?

Cancer can affect people of all ethnicities and genders. It happens when cells grow out of control and stop participating in the healthy functioning of our bodies. This is caused by gene variations that happen over time as our cells divide.

We've got lots of checks and balances in the body that help us keep on top of these problem cells and stop them from growing out of control.

However, some people inherit gene variations that affect their body's ability to manage these uncontrollable cells. For people with these variations, normal healthy living advice is not always enough to manage their risk or prevent cancer.

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What does Eugene's proactive cancer risk test do?

It checks to see if you have a gene variation that increases your risk of developing cancer.

Even though all cancer is genetic, only some of us are born with a higher chance of developing it.

Eugene's proactive cancer risk test looks for inherited gene variations that increase your risk of developing some of the most common types of cancer – including breast, ovarian, bowel and prostate cancer.

Some of the genes included on this test —

BRCA1 & BRCA2

Breast, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate cancer and melanoma.

MLH1, MHS2, MSH6 & PMS2

Lynch Syndrome: bowel, ovarian and uterine cancer.

CHEK2 & ATM

Breast, colorectal, endocrine, ovarian, and prostate cancer.

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What are the possible outcomes of the test?

Understand your risk, so you can prepare.

Your DNA is analysed in a CLIA and CAP certified laboratory for variations in 61 genes associated with some of the most common types of cancer.

Your test results help us understand your genetic risk. Along with your personal and family history they play an important role in developing your personal risk report and action plan.

You do not carry a variation that increases your risk

Most people find out that they do not carry a gene variation that increases their risk of cancer.

This means

  • Your risk of developing cancer is similar to other people your age and gender.
  • Genetics is only part of the puzzle. Your lifestyle, personal and family history also play a role. This would be included in your personal risk report and action plan.

This does not mean

  • You will never develop cancer.
You carry a variation that increases your risk

Some people find out that they carry a gene variation that increases their risk of cancer.

This means

  • Your risk of developing cancer is higher than other people your age and gender.
  • The specific gene variation you carry will influence your cancer risk.
  • Knowing your genetic risk will help tailor an appropriate prevention and health screening plan for you.

This does not mean

  • You have cancer or that you are certain to develop it.
What will the results mean for me?

Knowing your personal risk can help you make health choices above and beyond normal healthy living.

Your personalised action plan

Your Eugene care team reviews your genetic test results and your personal & family history to help you understand your lifetime risk of cancer. Based on your results, we also discuss screening and prevention measures that you and your doctor can act on.

These measures can include —

  • Specific lifestyle changes to improve long-term health
  • More frequent screenings to catch cancer early
  • Medications to lower your long-term risk
  • In some rare cases, more serious options like surgery to consider
Genetic counselling and next steps

Your Eugene counsellor is there to help you understand your results and feel empowered to make choices that are right for you. They can also connect you to a network of healthcare professionals & community groups to make sure you're always supported.

More about your results
How does Eugene work?

It's honest, actionable, clinical-grade healthcare in the comfort of your own home.

Get your kit delivered

Order online and provide your saliva sample from home.

Meet your counsellor online

Fill us in on your personal health & family history.

Video call for your results

Genetic counsellors can help answer any questions you have.

Get your personal action plan

A prevention & screening plan tailored to your personal risk.

What do people say about Eugene? Lot's of nice things.

“We were unsure about genetic testing but so happy we were recommended to Eugene! The process was simple, everything was so easy to understand and Zoe explained everything with care and compassion. Highly recommended!”

Melbourne AU, May 2019

"You’ve made a complex and overwhelming test and all that involves seem less daunting especially given how you can explain things in everyday peoples terms. We’ve learnt a lot and I believe in turn we’ve educated so many of our family and friends on what’s available and the importance of testing, I only wish we had done it sooner.”

Warragul AU, Nov 2019

“The Eugene team were exceptional and made me feel so empowered and confident in my decision to do genetic testing! The team were extremely compassionate and professional and made the process a breeze- I would 100% recommend them to everyone I know!”

Southport AU, Feb 2020

Honest pricing

One price includes everything.

Simple, transparent pricing with no surprises.
We also offer interest free financing from $40 a month to make things easier for you.

$599

for Eugene's proactive cancer risk test
  • Saliva collection kit & proactive cancer risk test
  • Genetic counselling before & after the test
  • A risk report evaluating your personal, family and genetic risk
  • A personalised action plan
  • Taxes, shipping, handling and everything else in-between
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is genetic counselling?

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Genetic counsellors guide people in making important decisions around how genetics influences their health. They are not doctors, but are genetic specialists that are trained to identify, explore and explain genetic risk. They can help you be practically and emotionally prepared to make empowered choices that feel right for you.

At no additional cost, connect with your Eugene genetic counsellor to discuss your test results. They can help you understand your results, answer any questions and help you learn more about what your results mean for you.

If a gene variation is found that increases my risk, does that mean I will develop cancer?

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No. Genetics is only one part of the cancer risk puzzle. Having a gene variant in one of the genes included on our test will increase your chance of developing cancer, but not everyone who has a gene variation will get cancer in their lifetime.

There are many other factors that contribute to your risk, including environmental factors like exposure to the sun and lifestyle factors like smoking and exercise. If a gene variant is identified on our test, your results will include information about the specific gene variation you carry and how it influences your cancer risk so you can better understand your lifetime chance of developing that specific type cancer.

Could this test affect my ability to get insurance?

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In some cases this test could impact your ability to get life or income protection insurance.

Not impacted—

  • Your ability to get health insurance
  • Your existing life and/or income protection cover. However, if you want to take out cover or change your existing policy, this test may have an impact.
  • Life and other insurances through super that are group policies and don't take into account personal medical history.
  • If your result doesn't identify a gene variant then your insurance shouldn't be impacted.

Could have an impact —

  • If you want to take out cover or change your existing policy, this test may have an impact.
  • On policies that do consider your medical history, like underwritten policies above certain coverage amounts (currently $500,000 for life insurance). If a gene variation that increases your risk of cancer is identified before you have taken out cover, you may be denied cover, or have to pay a higher premium or have policy exclusions.

For more information about how life and other insurance products may be impacted by genetic testing, visit the Financial Services Council or the Center for Genetics Education website.

How are my results used by my doctor in my ongoing care?

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Your result will help you and your doctor determine any action strategies for prevention and early detection that might be appropriate for you.

You can learn more about that here.

How can I share results with my doctor?

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Eugene's proactive cancer risk test includes a personal clinical report that will have details about your results, that you can share with your doctor. The clinical report is available for you when you receive your results.

You can also speak with a Eugene genetic counsellor at no additional charge. Genetic counsellors can help you understand your results, consider next steps, and discuss how to share information with doctors and family.

What's the turnaround time?

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From the moment we receive your saliva sample, the turnaround time to get your results is 3 to 4 weeks.

Is there support to help me understand my results?

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Absolutely! Each test comes with a post test genetic counselling session. Your Eugene genetic counsellors are all trained and have practiced across a number of specialties in addition to carrier screening and together with our consultant geneticists and widespread network of healthcare professionals, we make sure you're always connected and supported.

Are my results and personal info protected?

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As a healthcare company, we comply with the most stringent local and international privacy and security regulations. We take incredible care to use technical, process and physical safeguards to secure your personal information and protect it against misuse, loss or alteration.

Finally, Eugene doesn't share any your data with anyone but you and (with your express permission) your doctor.

I don't have a family history of cancer, is this still relevant for me?

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Yes. Even if you don't have a family history you could still have a genetic risk that increases your own risk. Not everyone who carries an increased risk gene variant will develop cancer, so not every family will have a cancer history. So, while gene variations that increase cancer risk are rare, knowing whether or not there's one in you or your family could be lifesaving.

What happens to my sample once the test is complete?

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Your saliva sample is destroyed after 60 days. In unusual cases when testing takes longer than 30 days, the specimen will be retained until the report is delivered.

More questions?

We’ve pulled together a few other things we think might help in this FAQ – if you have any more questions for us, just get in touch!
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